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Rajasthan unveils new girl child policy

Jun 18, 2013

Under the new regime, the girl child sex ratio will improve significantly in the west Indian state of Rajasthan, experts feel.

Jaipur: Patriarchal mindset in the western Indian state of Rajasthan that denied women equal access to education until a few years ago is now changing with the announcement of new girl child policy in January this year.

Under the new regime, the girl child sex ratio will improve significantly and major structural changes for security and empowerment of young and adolescent girls will be facilitated, experts feel.

The experts from  different walks of life who have joined the movement under the banner of Ajit Foundation, headed  by state Planning Board’s deputy chairman, V S Vyas for exploring the role of civil society organizations in monitoring and implementation of the policy.

The Foundation, recently organized a day-long session in collaboration with United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) AND United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Jaipur on the issue.

Workshop was inaugurated by the Rajasthan women and child development minister Bina Kak.

In her inaugural address she said, “The policy was accompanied by a number of initiatives of the state to encourage the birth of female children and ensure their empowerment. All these measures indicate that the future of girls is bright in the state.’’

“A special emphasis has been laid on encouraging institutional deliveries. The flagship schemes, Mahila Shishu Suraksha and kaleva programmes have significantly reduced the maternal and infant mortality ratios, she said adding that these schemes had reduced the financial burden on the people below poverty line’’.

“I Wanted to carry out decentralization of mid-day meals scheme, however, there was a powerful lobby working against this’’, Kak added. As a result, the units at the division level had not been set up,’’ she added.

She said, I have asked the principal secretary of my department to get the things done in the next four months.

While elaborating several other bottlenecks in the schemes of the welfare of the girl child, Kak said the department had started giving new uniforms to the children going to aganwadis.

In 33 districts of the states, 534 schools for girls have been opened which would empower the girls and enhance their dignity in the society and reduce crimes against women.

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